Friday 20 October 2017

Classic fare at Shelbourne and Dundalk

The favourite for the six-bend event at Shelbourne is Airmount Tess but she will have to overcome a tricky draw in the second heat. Photo: Stock Image
The favourite for the six-bend event at Shelbourne is Airmount Tess but she will have to overcome a tricky draw in the second heat. Photo: Stock Image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There is classic action on two fronts this evening with the semi -finals of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Shelbourne Park while the opening eight heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Dundalk.

The favourite for the six-bend event at Shelbourne is Airmount Tess but she will have to overcome a tricky draw in the second heat. An inside seed, she is due to run from trap six. Her main rival will be the Brendan Maunsell-trained Redzer Ruby which was fastest in the opening round and earlier finished second behind Airmount in the Barry's Tea final at Curraheen.

It is difficult to oppose the classy Airmount and she can lead home from Redzer Ruby and Lisacaha Brett.

The first round of the HRX Puppy Oaks will also be run at Shelbourne and some fast runs are anticipated.

Main attraction at Dundalk will be the clash of a number of the leading fancies in Heat 2 of the Sprint Cup. The big names are Aulton Jet, Cometwopass, Bentekes Bocko and Create A Star and Michael Enright's Aulton Jet may be the one.

Others worth noting in this first session are Knight Emperor, Fleetwood Lee, Riverside Oscar, Old Fort Mill, Rathnasare Champ and Milldean Gem.

Also tonight the second round of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate will be run at Galway.

The Sporting Press Microdog ID Irish Oaks has been rescheduled and the first round will be run at Shelbourne on Thursday, September 21. It will be for 48 bitches and have a winner's prize of €25,000.

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